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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A Miami man has caught and killed the longest Burmese
python
ever captured in Florida: 18 feet, 8 inches. The Burmese python is an invasive species that has negative impacts on the Everglades ecosystem and its native wildlife. The public is asked to report sightings of exotic species to IveGot1.org or 888-IveGot1. There is also a free smartphone app: IVEGOT1.

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Post Date: May 22, 2013


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA and the EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. See ARSinformation on Honey Bee Health and Bee Informed Partnership information for Preliminary Results: Honeybee Colony Losses in the U.S., Winter 2012-2013.

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Post Date: May 22, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Feral swine have been called the "rototillers" of nature. Their longs snouts and tusks allow them to rip and root their way across America in search of food. Unfortunately, the path they leave behind impacts ranchers, farmers, land managers, conservationists, and suburbanites alike. April, Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, is a great time to learn about this serious threat to both plant and animal health. Learn more from USDA's Public Education Initiative.

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Post Date: Apr 30, 2013


DOI. United States Geological Survey.

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U.S. and territories. Its size is unprecedented, offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific locations, not just county or state records.

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Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Southern Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 21-24, 2013

Central Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 28-May 2, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council's Invasive Plant Removal Day -- May 4, 2013

Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species -- May 7-8, 2013

2013 Salmon Recovery Conference -- May 14, 2013

Western Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- May 20-23, 2013

Invasive Alien Predators - Policy, Research and Management in Europe -- Jun 16-18, 2013

2013 National Pollinator Week -- Jun 17-23, 2013

National Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Aug 4-8, 2013

Great Lakes Week 2013 -- Sep 9-12, 2013

Great Lakes Commission 2013 Annual Meeting -- Sep 9, 2013

9th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference -- Sep 10-12, 2013

22nd Annual California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium -- Oct 2-5, 2013

International Workshop: How to Communicate on Pests and Invasive Alien Plants -- Oct 8-10, 2013

8th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium -- Mar 24-26, 2015

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Post Date: Apr 18, 2013


Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.

This year, the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is sponsoring the first-ever region-wide Invasive Plant Removal Day. This marks the 5th anniversary of the initiative for Virginia on a state-level, but the first annual event for the mid-Atlantic region. Please join in on the effort by visiting the event page! Are you an organization or community group that often hosts invasive plant removal in your county or neighborhood? Register your event today! Are you a citizen or volunteer who wants to get involved with invasive plant removal in your community? Check out the event listings for your state to see where organizations or groups are hosting an event in your area.

* See our Community Action section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


Department of Interior.

The major national groups that coordinate the battle against invasive species announced the 2013 National Invasive Species Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the dedication and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal officials; private citizens; and volunteers in preventing and controlling invasive species.

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Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


University of Florida.

With ocean life facing unprecedented threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction, a University of Florida researcher is helping coordinate national efforts to monitor marine biodiversity.

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Post Date: Apr 11, 2013


Earth Day Network.

Earth Day Network is partnered with National Environmental Education Week (Apr 14-20, 2013), which annually promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators of all environmental subjects. See Earth Day 2013 Resources to help you participate in Earth Day 2013 and also see What You Can Do to help control invasive species.

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Post Date: Apr 11, 2013


USDA. Blog.

While traveling, protect our country from invasive plant pests and diseases to help keep our agriculture and forests safe. Learn and prepare in advance of your travels what you can or cannot bring back from a country you visit.

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Post Date: Apr 09, 2013


USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

All month, APHIS will highlight how invasive species can enter the U.S. and spread, and how the general public can take simple, specific actions to leave these hungry pests behind. Invasive pests and diseases are non-native species that cause - or are likely to cause - harm to the economy, the environment or human health. See Hungry Pests site to learn more about invasive pests and diseases.

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Post Date: Apr 03, 2013


ScienceDaily; University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

In the U.S., only species listed on state or federal noxious weed lists are regulated, and those lists are often biased toward species that affect agricultural crops. Conversely, invasive plant council lists include species that affect natural landscapes but have no regulatory clout. After comparing the lists and how they are created, researchers at the University of Illinois's Energy Biosciences Institute have developed some suggestions on how to improve the regulation of all invasive plant species, including new biofuels plants.

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Post Date: Apr 02, 2013


Department of Interior.

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them. The Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a roadmap of key steps needed over the next five years to reduce the current and expected impacts of climate change on our natural resources, which include the spread of wildlife diseases and invasive species.

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Post Date: Apr 02, 2013


Science Daily; Virginia Tech.

Raising plants for biofuels is many farmers' dream. The lucrative crops grow with a minimal amount of work and can be harvested using existing equipment. However, some plants that are ideal for bioenergy production come with a drawback -- they can potentially become invasive weeds that can cause billions of dollars in economic damage.

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Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Oranges that don't turn orange on the tree when they’re supposed to might be victims of a disease called "citrus greening," also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB. Citrus greening is especially devastating because it makes the juice bitter, so the fruit isn’t even suitable for juicing, let alone the fresh market. But Agricultural Research Service scientists have found that the same bitter juice that causes despair among growers could yield invaluable clues to how the disease works -- and how to stop it.

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Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

White-nose syndrome (WNS) which is the disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. has been confirmed for the first time in Georgia. White-nose syndrome has been recently confirmed in South Carolina and Illinois.

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Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


National Wildlife Federation.

"Climate change is the biggest threat wildlife will face this century," says the report, Wildlife in a Warming World, released the National Wildlife Federation. "Shifting ranges for pests and disease-causing pathogens may have some of the most devastating impacts for wildlife and habitats. For example, warming ocean waters have enabled the outbreak of microbial disease in reef-building corals and pathogens of the eastern oyster. Mountain pine beetle outbreaks decimated trees on more than 26.8 million acres in western North America from 1997-2010."

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Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


DHS. Customs and Border Protection.

As Valentine's Day quickly approaches U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) diligently inspects shipments of imported cut flowers to prevent the spread of insects or pests that may damage national and local agriculture.

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Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

USDA scientists are helping citrus growers and juice processors address the threat posed by Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that is costing the citrus industry millions of dollars each year.

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Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


USDA. FS. Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. In a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health. Results suggest that loss of trees to the emerald ash borer increased mortality related to cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illness. This finding adds to the growing evidence that the natural environment provides major public health benefits.

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Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


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